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Each general election, The Lima News provides this section profiling the candidates and issues. The Lima News sent questionnaires to every candidate in Allen, Auglaize, Hardin, Putnam and Van Wert counties for this election section. Candidates had the opportunity to give biographical information and discuss major issues in their races. Candidates also had an option to submit a photograph. Only names and residences identify candidates who did not return a questionnaire. Hardin Northern - School board(Choose three)Charles E. AmwegParty: Non-partisanResidence: South Main Street, DunkirkDave BameParty: Non-partisanResidence: County Road 60, DunkirkMichelle Obenour (incumbent)Party: DemocratResidence: County Road 14, DunkirkAge: 44Relevant experience: Proud mother of four Hardin Northern Polar Bears; at the end of 2011 I will have completed two terms on the Hardin Northern school board; member of the Hardin Northern District Leadership Team; executive team member of the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission Renovation/Building Project for Hardin Northern Schools; co-led the Hardin Northern Community Scholarship Fund for eight years; negotiation team experience; administrative staff evaluation experience; day-to-day I am employed by a large manufacturing facility as a human resource generalist, and much of this job relates to skills needed to perform on a school board.Education: Bachelorís degree in human resource management, University of Findlay; associateís degree in business management, Owens Community College; Findlay High School graduate.Years living in area: 19 yearsMajor issues: The educational welfare of our children is a team effort. I enjoy being a part of that team as a parent, volunteer and board member. The rewards are the progression of each student from grade to grade, both in the classroom and in extra-curricular activities. When you see them walk before you during graduation and you know all their struggles to get to that point, and then you look out in the gymnasium and see all the faces of their biggest supporters in our Hardin Northern staff and community, itís one of the most touching moments, and itís the most wonderful reward of this role.Along with the rewards, there are also issues. Many school districts face budget issues. Hardin Northern School is no exception. We have done really well in maintaining our carryover. Our administrative staff has been diligent at being innovative in stretching our budget dollars. We must continue to be creative, effective and efficient while striving to meet our educational goals.Through High Schools That Work, we need to continue to build our learning environment by examining what our students are taught and how they are taught. We should also continue with the District Leadership Team using the Ohio Improvement Process to create a unified teaching system that uses a consistent set of tools from grade to grade. I believe the dual enrollment classes through area colleges are a wonderful gift to our district families, and growing this program would be an asset. Jere SouderParty: Non-partisanResidence: State Route 81, DolaBo WalterParty: Non-partisanResidence: County Road 20, Dunkirk

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